Warren Huart, producer and engineer for acts like Aerosmith, James Blunt, Korn, and others, has this video on YouTube, where he talks about the 5 Key Things that every home studio should have. He also talks about the things that he feels aren't as important; most notably, pro level mics, pre's, converters and monitors. I totally understand budget constraints, and I don't think that someone who wants to record their own music should ever be held back by the fact that they can't afford a U87, SSL pre, an Apogee conversion system or Focal monitors. I've always been a proponent for songwriters and musicians using whatever they have, and focusing on the creative and performance parts of the process, especially with songwriting. In this case, creativity is front and foremost. Get the ideas down, work with them, write and re-write, arrange and rearrange. And for this, you don't need a $2000 Antelope converter. It's when he starts saying things like "You don't need these things to get professional sounding recordings", or "You don't need these things to make professional, studio quality recordings these days" and "Knowing your DAW is much more important than Mics, Preamps and Converters" that I sit up and start to take notice, and to take exception to what he's saying. The problem I have with this video is that he doesn't discern between a songwriter's/musician's home studio, and a commercial home studio; with the sole intent of serving clients. Anyone who happens to be watching this, and has maybe been thinking about opening a home commercial studio, has just been told by Warren Huart - pro engineer and producer - that gear doesn't matter, that they can absolutely turn out professional studio results with an $89 condenser mic, a $75 pre/I-O, and a pair of $90 monitors. BTW - I couldn't help but notice that he just so happens to be sitting in front of a pro console and racks of hi-dollar OB processing while at the same time telling the viewer that "gear doesn't matter..." ( So Warren, can you tell us... did you use a Behringer C1 or a Samson USB mic on Steven Tyler?) Do I agree that you can get pro sounding recordings out of a home studio? Yes. Absolutely. But it needs to be properly equipped. Pro caliber gear needs to be used. Rooms need to be treated, Pro mics, pro preamps, pro converters, pro monitors... you ain't gonna get it done with a Tascam pre/I-O, a couple 58's, an $89 condenser and a pair of $90 Wharfedale Monitors. Knowledge is also crucial, and one of the "knows" within that knowledge, is that there's a big difference between cheap, budget gear, and professional caliber equipment. I'm also not saying that people shouldn't start out with cheaper gear. No one here, (with perhaps the exception of Remy, LOL), started out their journey in this craft by mixing on a Neve, using multi-thousand dollar mics and pre's. We all started out with cheaper gear. Hell, the very first "overdub" I ever did was at my dad's office, where there were a couple Realistic table-top office style cassette decks - I sang the melodic line of The Beatle's If I Fell onto one machine, and then, while that deck was playing back the lead vocal, I sang a harmony part, and recorded both to the other deck. Ahh... the fidelity! But I caught the bug that day. Today, younger people entering the world of recording have it much better than guys from my generation did when we were first starting out. But there's still a huge difference between budget and pro... and I would have liked for Huart to have explained that, because I feel that he's misleading the viewers; the result of which could very well be an even greater flood of people entering this craft who have no business doing so. Thoughts? -d.